Price paid: $ 30
Purchased from: Guitar Center.com
Sound — 9
I'm running this little guy through an Epiphone Les Paul Special II and an Epi Studio 15 watt amp. The pups on my guitar are not the best, however, this pedal sends out some seriously heavy sound. The range you of styles you can get are endless, and it can get down to albums. At the moment, I sound like Metallica live now a days. It's a strong pedal for it's price. It does get a tad noisy, and full gain should be avoided. The CM-1 Metal is great for rock too.:)
Overall Impression — 9
As a metal head and rock fan, this pedal really does do it's job, and is really fun to play with and get different sounds out of. I've been playing for a couple months, and I have to say I set my priorities straight with getting pedals before new gat, amp, ect. I had no knowledge of how this pedal sounded prior to buying it, and I was impressed. If it was stolen or lost, I would replace it without second thought. I love the way it sounds in general, and it's got a really modern/vintage look to it. I had used a Line VI amp's built in distortion, and definitely preferred my pedal. It's a fun little pedal, definitely recommend it to any guitarist on a budget ;)
Reliability & Durability — 10
I feel like I can depend on this pedal, it's got a long battery life, and features a metal casing, so feel free to stomp the crap out of it. I don't feel like it will break on me and I would use it on a gig without a backup.
Ease of Use — 7
The knobs are located on the back of the pedal, making what you're adjusting hard to see. The treble and mids knobs are stacked, making adjusting these two settings difficult. The same with the volume and the bass. It's pretty simple to get a good sound out of it however.